About Ron Slate
Ron Slate was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. He earned his Masters degree in creative writing from Stanford University in 1973 and did his doctoral work in American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He started a poetry magazine, The Chowder Review, in 1973 which was published through 1988. In 1978, he left academia and began a business career in communications and marketing. From 1994-2001 he was vice president of global communications for EMC Corporation. More recently he was chief operating officer of a biotech/life sciences start-up and co-founded a social network for family caregivers. He is a board member of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities ("Mass Humanities") and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Milton and Aquinnah, Massachusetts.
The Incentive of the Maggot, his first book of poems, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2005. The collection was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle poetry prize and the Lenore Marshall Prize of the Academy of American Poets. The collection won the Bakeless Poetry Prize (Breadloaf Writers Conference) and the Larry Levis Reading Prize of Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Great Wave, his second book, was published by Houghton in April 2009.
In 2016, Ron and his daughter Jenny Slate co-wrote a memoir, About The House, via the generosity-based publisher Concord Free Press, helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for non-rofit organizations in the USA and abroad.
Writing from the “Heart of the Empire”:
Ron Slate on Incentive, History, and Politics in Poetry
[interview conducted in February 2006]